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Pilot program provides same-day work for Denver’s homeless

By: TOM MCGHEE, The Denver Post
November 2, 2016 Updated: November 2, 2016 at 8:02 pm
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DENVER, CO - November 02: Homeless workers Rita Robledo, left, and Kirk Foyle, center, work with Denver Parks and Recreation Forestry worker Paul Cancik, third from left, to fill in a newly planted crabapple tree in front of the City and County Building November 02, 2016. The city of Denver launched a new pilot work program, “Denver Day Works” giving homeless people day-work opportunities at city agencies and private employers. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)

Kirk Foyle, a former construction worker now homeless, jumped at the chance to take part in a new city program that provides same-day work opportunities at city worksites to those with nowhere to live.

On Wednesday, as Mayor Michael Hancock unveiled the new program, Foyle, 52, was among the first 17 people to get a job planting trees outside the City and County Building and Civic Center park.

The program is an opportunity to get his life back on track, said Foyle, who fell on hard times when an assailant jumped him, leaving him with a brain hemorrhage, a concussion and a host of medical bills he was unable to pay.

“Not everybody experiences problems because of drugs or stuff like that,” Foyle said of the homeless.

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